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The Student Health Center provides health services to any enrolled Pepperdine student, regardless of insurance type. Although the SHC does not bill insurance directly, it provides a walkout statement (superbill) to patients as well as directions regarding how to seek reimbursement from their insurance plan. Students have the option of billing their student account or paying by cash or check. PPO plans typically reimburse SHC services at out-of-network rates while HMO, MediCal, and MediCare plans generally do not reimburse.

Introducing our Community-based Model of Wellness

As part of the University's efforts to provide more holistic care for Pepperdine students, Pepperdine offers mental health, physical health, and fitness programs to all registered students. To support this initiative, the University has a mandatory Wellness Fee for all Pepperdine students and eliminated most health and wellness fees students have paid in the past. Students who have not completed their degrees and have paid the wellness fee in the fall and spring semesters will maintain access to service during the summer.



Wellness Fee Coverage at the SHC

The following are medical services available at no cost at the Student Health Center:

  • No charge for in-person primary care visits
  • No charge for Pepperdine-required immunizations
  • No charge for in-house diagnostic testing
  • No charge for in-house procedures
  • No charge for dietitian appointments
  • No charge for pre-departure IP physical

Excluded Health and Wellness Costs

Some medical services and fees at the Student Health Center are not covered by the Wellness Fee. These include but are not limited to the following:

  • Laboratory tests sent to outside labs
  • Prescribed medications
  • X-ray imaging
  • Transport by an ambulance
  • Durable medical equipment (e.g., canes, crutches, braces, etc.)
  • Hospital and surgical care
  • Specialist care, or any medical care provided outside the Student Health Center and our covered telehealth partners
  • Massages


Wellness Fee FAQs

  Who is covered?
  • The Wellness Fee is mandatory for all undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking students. Full- and half-time students will pay the full fee; less than halftime students will pay a reduced fee. This fee may not be waived.
  • Less than half-time is based on each school's catalog.
School Units
Seaver Undergraduate 1-5 units
Seaver Graduate 1-2 units
CSOL 1-5 units
GSEP 1-2 units
PGBS Undergraduate 1-5 units
PGBS Graduate (full-term) 1-2 units
PGBS Graduate (6 or 9 weeks) 1 unit
SPP 1-5 units
  • Faculty, staff, spouses of faculty and staff, and dependents are not eligible unless they are currently an enrolled degree-seeking student.
  What is the refund policy?
  1. Students who elect to temporarily withdraw during a semester will retain their benefits and therefore will not be eligible for a refund.
  2. Students who are separated from the University due to disciplinary sanctions will retain their online benefits and will not be eligible for a refund.
  3. Students who permanently withdraw from the University may be refunded consistent with their eligibility for a tuition refund.
  Is the Wellness Fee insurance?

No. The Wellness Fee is not health insurance. This fee covers services and programming that promotes holistic wellness such as unlimited no-charge primary care visits at the Student Health Center or our telehealth provider, access to no-charge counseling and mental health services at our Counseling Center and through our telehealth provider, no-charge unlimited 24/7 on-demand mental health coaching/crisis management, no-charge fitness classes both in-person and online, access to programming related to wellness such as health coaching and nutrition services, and additional health and wellness education on campus and online that enhances the quality of student life.

The University's Health Insurance Requirement is still in effect. Each academic year all students, both domestic and international, including those studying abroad, are required to either provide proof of a US-based health insurance plan or enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan (SHIP) through the AHP Insurance Dashboard. This is an annual requirement, and it is highly recommended that all students confirm their health insurance plan includes care close to Malibu. If students choose not to enroll in SHIP, they must provide proof of a US-based health insurance plan through the AHP Insurance Dashboard.

  Can I waive the health fee?

No. The fee is mandatory for nearly all enrolled undergraduate and graduate degree-seeking students. Students enrolled in a single unit in the fall or spring semester to complete their degree may petition for either a fee waiver or to pay the less than half-time fee and retain wellness benefits.

  If I am not attending summer school, do I still have access to services during the summer?

Yes. Students who have not completed their degrees and have paid the wellness fee in the fall and spring semesters will maintain access to service during the summer. Students who began school in the spring semester, but did not attend in the fall, will also have full access to services in the summer.


Wellness Fee Charges

Students interested in learning more about the Wellness Fee charges may visit the Student Affairs webpage.